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Benny drops the wine list penny

Benny drops the wine list penny

Innovative, well put together, funky! These were but some of the descriptions of the best wine lists recognised at the Diners Club Winelist Awards for 2013 by celebrity chef Benny Masekwameng, one of the judges at this year’s awards, who admits he was quite impressed...

Drink less and drink better

After posting my top five wines for 2012 in December last year, I received an email criticising my choices, arguing that the wines on my list are too expensive and perhaps not within reach of the average wine drinker. The mentioned wines were: 5. Hartenberg Tenacity...
Served with a hint of mint

Served with a hint of mint

by Elona Hesseling When it comes to matching food with wine, there are no rules – only tried and tested observations and generalisations. This was the bottom-line at a tasting presented by Nancy Gilchrist MW and Simon Back, putting the Backsberg BlackLabel Range to...
Sorting through the Shiraz-styles

Sorting through the Shiraz-styles

From bursting-with-flavour, rich and robust Shiraz, to refined and delicate Syrah, this blue-eyed varietal has been around the block and is here to stay, for good. Approachable, recognisable and pronounceable, it remains a favourite choice for consumers and has also...
Red wine loves your heart

Red wine loves your heart

What do Pinot Noir, good health and a bunch of clever researchers have in common Quite a lot, if you listen to Professor Lionel H Opie of the Hatter Heart Research Institute, UCT, and author of Living Longer Living Better, Exploring the heart-mind connection. The...
Crowning the King of Cab

Crowning the King of Cab

Stellenbosch and specifically the Helderberg’s superiority as Cabernet country, as well as the recent influx of quality Chardonnay were reflected in the results of this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year awards. Rust en Vrede’s Coenie Snyman...

Health benefits of wines with reduced alcohol

It is generally accepted that moderate consumption of wine is beneficial to health, but it is still not clear how much the alcohol and the non-alcoholic compounds in the wine contribute to these benefits. Owing to the obvious concerns of excessive alcohol intake, it...
Caring for the ancients

Caring for the ancients

Conserving rare fynbos is not just about harnessing another marketing tool to the wagon of economic advancement. Neither is it about some New Age feel-good experience. It’s about a wider social conscience. LEONIE JOUBERT spoke to one of the pioneering wine...
A first step into Soweto

A first step into Soweto

The first Soweto Wine Festival was more of a media success than one of attracting vast numbers of wine lovers to taste the more than 500 wines exhibited by about 86 wineries and wine companies. Sponsored by the South African Wine Industry Trust (Sawit) in conjunction...
Reconnecting with the earth

Reconnecting with the earth

Nicolas Joly, owner of one of France’s oldest vineyards and one of the smallest appellations controle, Coule de Serrant, in the Loire, was in town to open the 2005 Nederburg Auction. Joly is also one of the leading figures in the system of biodynamic farming....